Hello from Australia

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Phoenix10, Feb 11, 2017.

  1. Phoenix10

    Phoenix10 New Egg

    Feb 1, 2017
    Melbourne, Australia
    Hi all. I've been a chicken keeper for about 10 months. I have a small flock of chooks: 2 Hylines (10 months old) 1 Australorpe (5 months old) 1 Buff Sussex (5 weeks old) 1 Plymouth Rock (5 weeks old).
    Just this morning, we found our Light Sussex (unknown age, but around 15weeks old) dead in the coop. We're pretty sure she's been ill since we got her, but even after a course of antibiotics she never did recover.
    We live in the suburbs of Melbourne, where we are only allowed 5 hens (no Roos).
    We've been through a lot in the past 10 months. One chick died of Marek's disease, one chick ended up being a roo and so she had to go back to the farm, one chicken (bought as a pullet) died the day after we brought her home (also sick).
    We've learned which farms to buy healthy chooks from now. The chooks we've raised from one to five days old are still alive, healthy and happy.
    We've enforced 'chicken jail' on one of our Hylines who was bullying our Australorpe and Light Sussex and things have quietened down in the run.
    I look forward to asking questions and sharing photos and our (limited) experience with raising chickens.

  2. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    Howdy neighbour [​IMG] Welcome!

    Wow, you sure have had your fair share of woes .... I wish you all the best for the future.

    When you get a chance, pop in to the Aussie Thread and say G’Day, you will be welcome: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/598568/australia-six-states-and-that-funny-little-island

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun. Unlike non chicken loving friends, family and colleagues, BYC’ers never tire of stories or pictures that feature our feathered and non feathered friends [​IMG]
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Survivors of Marek's disease will be carriers for life. You may want to check out the "Marek's articles" you can find by, putting that in the search box. Welcome to Backyard chickens.

    Some folks believe you can produce Marek's resistance by breeding the survivors. They may be articles available on that as well.
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  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hello and welcome to BYC. Unfortunately, buying chickens can be a bit of a hit and miss affair. At least now you know which are reputable sources for the future.

    Best wishes
  5. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    Sounds like you've had your hands full. Hopefully, things go smoother from here on.
  6. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Hello, Phoenix10, and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined our community! I hope all works out well for you and your flock! [​IMG]

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